Political statement: We know where kidnappers are – FG

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Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has said that they know where kidnappers are.

He reassured Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is dealing with the country’s insecurity.

Mohammed reported this during a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.

“It is no longer news that our dear nation is facing security challenges,” he added. However, I’ve read tweets claiming that the federal government is frustrated and has no idea how to deal with the problems. Some may also suggested a truncation of the civil system, which is evidently treasonous.

“Well, I am here today to assure all Nigerians that while the government acknowledges the security challenges we face at this time, from terrorism to kidnapping, banditry and farmer-herder conflict, it is definitely not overwhelmed and indeed it has the wherewithal, as you will see in the days ahead, to confront the challenges headlong and restore law and order, peace and security.

Mohammed explained that the government indeed knew the locations of kidnappers, adding that security agencies were only being careful to avoid civilian casualties.

“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” he added.


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